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When Ultramarines Primaris Chaplain Kastor and Apothecary Polixis are separated in the fight against a fearsome ork warlord, they must battle to survive and be reunited.

In the age of the Dark Imperium, Primarch Guilliman’s Primaris Ultramarines are a shining beacon in the darkness of war. On the Imperial Hive World of Ikara IX, Chaplain Kastor and Apothecary Polixis,
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Games Workshop
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Melksnik Children becoming marines in Warhammer 40K usually find their memories of old, wiped when infused with the tech that enhance them. Here we have two…moreChildren becoming marines in Warhammer 40K usually find their memories of old, wiped when infused with the tech that enhance them. Here we have two that knows they are real brothers, but have most if not all of their childhood memories, but have a stronger bond than regular Battle "brothers".

It is interesting to read and follow, as it feels like a new twist on the regular spacemarines. Makes them more human.
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Sud666
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Blood of Iax revolves around two Primaris Marines from the Strike Force Fulminata of the Ultramarines. Kastor is the Chaplain and Polixis who is the Apothecary. But more than battle brothers they are the exceedingly rare- brothers in blood as well. Both come from the world of Iax. The brothers couldn't be more different - Kastor is driven by the rage and fury of the Chaplain, calling down the ruination of the Emperor's enemies. Polixis is calm and methodical, a warrior who also balances the fine ...more
Alina Zabiyaka
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“You taught me more than you know, little brother”.

Ever since I’d caught word of its publication last year, I’d been keen to read Blood of Iax (along with its short-story prequel A Brother’s Confession introducing us to the novel’s main characters), and now as I’ve done so and am looking back on it, I can affirm that in no way were my expectations deceived.

'Space Marines versus Orks' are by no means a rare presence in Black Library fiction – if anything, for many fans this is the very essence of
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Matthew Hipsher
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
It's a fun read, but it in no way adds to the Ultramarine ethos of characters or chapter heroes.

It's the story of the Ultramarines battling an uprising of Orks and the orks are trying to use the Ultramarine apothecary to try and extend the life of their warboss.

Lots of bolter shots, lots of intense action, but no real character development, an absolutely fun read only.
Tal
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
3.5 just because of couple great great scenes. Loved the Villian.
Christian
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a rousing tale of Ultramarines and Astra Militarum fighting against Orks. Two brothers bond and there is a set up for recurring Ork characters. The action is fine and the plot moves along. It definitely made me want to make a Primaris army.
Hawke Embers
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has to be the BEST depiction of Orks in a Black Library novel I have ever read! MacNiven nails Orky Dialect and behaviour that adds a great deal of charm to this novel. This was an amazing surprise for me as I expected this to be a semi bland "battles" type novel but it wasn't!
Another positive is the relationship between the two main characters, Apothecary Polixis and his younger blood brother; Chaplain Kastor. It is an interesting dynamic that ends up driving a lot of the plot.
But if we
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Michael Dodd
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Blood brothers Kastor and Polixis – Chaplain and Apothecary respectively – are part of Strike Force Fulminata, and are taking the fight to the invading orks on Ikara IX when the tide turns and Imperial forces hurriedly go on the defensive. The arrival of ork warlord Urgork changes everything, especially as his objectives go beyond simply finding the biggest scrap possible – the canny Urgork has a plan, and it involves Polixis.

While it’s not the most complex of plots, the relationship between
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Melksnik
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was an interesting take on the warfare a spacemarine, or a Primaris marine endure in this book. The brother twist in this book made the Primaris more human and the way they do things was interesting to read. I was about to give it 3stars since it is pretty straight forward, but some great scenes and the way the villain in the Ork army is portraied i give it 4stars, since "Tha hummie squiggling tha wordz for tis book, makes tha BoSs lookin real bossy"
*Sorry for my try on Orkish*

All in all its
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Sam Breitenbauch
A Solid story. Holds up well as a stand alone.

I really enjoyed both brothets perspective. With out spoilimg anything vital. Both they, and the supporting Primaris characters where found likeable by me. In addition the Ork protagonists were enjoyable. It is fun to see this xeno race personified as unique individual characters. Put this all behind a solid plot that can stand alone on its own. However I feel.a sequel just as well would work very well. And would grab it up easily.
nooker
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I got this because it said it took place on a hive world. Nothing in this story implied hive world. The story was fine, but I bought it because it said hive world and found it profoundly disappointing that it really could have been any world that happened to have large cities on it.
Brett Bricker
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting look into a Primaris battle group and the fleshing out of their new addition to the 40k canon. Filled with good writing and a decent plot. Some memorable moments and decent action. Nothing groundbreaking or spectacular.
Chris Wood
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are after mindless space marine war against xeno filth, this is the book for you. Its not as entertaining as the Ultramarines stories featuring Uriel Ventris but as another reviewer stated, this is "bolter porn" buts thats sometimes just what I want.
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Robbie MacNiven is an author and freelance journalist living in the Highlands of Scotland and currently enrolled as a student at the University of Edinburgh, studying History. His ambition is to become an author in much the same way that a 5 year old, when asked what he wants to be when he grows up, will say “a fireman” or “an astronaut.” He takes thin but wholesome comfort from the fact that the ...more
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